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Forget Joey Barton and his ban the incident everyone needs to bear in mind when looking at the 10 game ban Suarez has received is that of Roy Keane and Alf-Inge Håland. When Keane admitted in his biography that the tackle was premeditated it created a problem for the FA. It was obvious that if they had known at the time that it was deliberate the FA would have rightly given him an extended ban but there was the question of the time lapse (the foul happened in 2001, Keane`s admission was made at the start of the 2002-2003 season) and also the fact that it wass unprecedented for a player to be punished twice for the same offence. The answer was to say that by admitting the premeditation Keane had brought the game into disrepute and for this he was given a 5 game ban and a hefty fine . Although he wasn`t charged with bringing the game in to disrepute there is little doubt that`s what Suarez did on Sunday and it may well be this was taken in to account when deciding the length of his ban.
I'm a bit confused by this. Suarez was not charged with bringing the game into disrepute, so why should his punishment be in line with those who are? Now if you think that is what he should have been charged with, and 5 games is the correct punishment, then fine.
Also there is a difference between an act being deliberate and being premeditated. The bite was not an accident, so it was deliberate, but I highly doubt, and I don't think anyone has suggested that Suarez planned ahead of time to go and bite the big Serb. So the comparison with Keane seems to fall down.
The only precedent we have is the Defoe bite some years ago, but it went essentially unpunished as the ref issued a yellow card at the time. Other than that we have to look at what Suarez was charged with, Violent Conduct, and ask which cases come close, and see if the punishments compare. So far I've seen non that seem equivalent to the bite, or come close to 10 matches, so it seems the FA is treading on new ground here.